Department of Music

Audition Information

 

Department of Music Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Music
The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is appropriate for students who wish to study music within the broader context of a liberal arts education.

Bachelor of Science in Music Education
The Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree leads to provisional PK-12 certification in the State of Connecticut. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in music education.

Bachelor of Music in Performance
This degree option is designed for students who wish to pursue a performing and/or teaching career in music. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and participate in various professional programs in their specific area.

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
This degree option is designed for students wishing to pursue a performing and/or teaching career in jazz and commercial music. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and in various professional programs in their specific area.

Bachelor of Music: Audio and Music Production Option
This degree option is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in audio and music production. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and in various professional programs in their specific area.

Master of Science in Music Education
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Music Education program at Western Connecticut State University is designed to develop further the student’s cultural, musical, and professional growth and to provide graduate course work necessary for permanent teaching certification. We believe the earnest pursuit of this mission will have a positive effect in advocating for the arts and musical culture in our community and will enhance Western Connecticut State University’s influence throughout the region and state.

Minor in Music

 

Admission Requirements for all Music Degree Programs

All prospective music students must perform and pass an audition for members of the faculty. The purpose of the audition is to gather evidence of both current ability and the potential to complete the preferred degree program. Students should demonstrate pitch accuracy, correct and steady rhythm, physical coordination, clear and focused tone quality, acceptable intonation, appropriate articulation/diction, and the ability to make expressive musical statements. Music reading, pitch matching, and sight singing will also be assessed. Students interested in music education will also interview with faculty.  Students interested audio and music production will attend a brief overview in the recording studio.

All prospective music students must be accepted academically to the university. These general admission guidelines can be found here.

 

Click on any of the degree programs below to view specific audition requirements by instrument:

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Minor in Music

Bachelor of Science in Music Education

Bachelor of Music: Performance Option (Vocal and Instrumental)

Bachelor of Music: Jazz Studies Option

Bachelor of Music: Audio and Music Production Option

 

Transfer Students

All students wishing to transfer into any degree program in music at WCSU must meet the criteria listed above, including those currently attending institutions holding articulation agreements with WCSU. All transfer applicants will be assessed in the areas of applied music, keyboard competency, music history, music theory, and sight-singing/ear-training to determine eligibility for matriculation as well as for transfer credits that may be accepted in individual coursework. Please click here for more information regarding credit-transfer to WCSU.

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